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Create Art and Cartoons in Photoshop Elements 4 Paperback – 5 Feb 2007

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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Inkline Press (5 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954855132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954855130
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 3.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,673,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Madden was born in 1952 in County Durham, England.
After studying maths and physics at university he worked for several years on the development stages of London's Thames barrier before leaving to become a freelance cartoonist, illustrator and writer, concentrating on subjects such as politics, philosophy and related weighty areas of human thought. He also drew the occasional gag cartoon in an attempt to prove to himself that he wasn't a complete nerd (and has since produced award winning humorous greetings cards, so there's hope yet).
He worked for ten years or so on the Guardian newspaper as a freelance editorial illustrator, where he was among the first to use the new fangled technology of computers as a drawing tool. He didn't think that computers would catch on - if you'd used the models that were around in those days you'd think so too. Nowadays he uses nothing but computers.
A life-long interest in philosophy has led to him becoming the resident cartoonist for Philosophy Now magazine. He has also written a book "Where Are We, What Are We, Why Are We?", an exploration of the serious subject of our place in the universe and why we're so interested in it. (He's still a bit of a nerd to be honest!)

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This book is a must have for anyone considering using photoshop elements for creating artwork.

Simple to begin with, making the distinction that elements is really two programmes in one: the book concentrates on using it to create Artwork rather than edit digital photos. I am an Artist myself, and the discussion on creating line art was very useful.

Topics covered include getting the most from creating selections, layers, colouring, scanning, cleaning up line work, creative text, speech balloons and many more. The book gets at the nitty gritty of manipulating your artwork on the computer, and in this sense really opens up the creative power of the software. The author goes into detail about resolution for print and the software interface: including keyboard shortcuts for both mac and pc.

This is a most original book, like one you would probably write yourself if you wanted to create Art and cartoons with elements, a must have, very useful!
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Just what I needed 23 Aug. 2007
By Jennifer B. Cosgrove - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I recently started drawing cartoons for greeting cards and my own entertainment. I have been using Photoshop Elements 4 (PE4) to color them but was struggling through the trial and error process. I've read other Photoshop Elements guides, but they tend to be geared primarily toward photographers.

This book is EXACTLY what I needed. As the title suggests, this book focuses on using PE4 for cartoons. It really helped me improve my painting technique and saved me so MUCH time with straight forward how-to tips.

Whether you've never used PE4 before, or you are fairly familiar with it, as I was, this book will step you through every part of creating, enhancing and printing cartoons.

I would highly recommend it. If you are using PE3, this author also has a book written about that version.
Photoshop Elements 20 May 2008
By Art Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Chris Madden's book did exactly what I needed it to --- explained Photoshop Elements to me so that I could use it that day to scan and manipulate hand drawn black and white images. He writes clearly and succinctly. I would recommend this book for anyone --- Chris even takes into account the novice computer user, and while I am very versed in using a computer, it was easy to by-pass that info and move on.
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